How can I retrieve Evolution's address book from an old install?

I used the backup/restore feature of Evolution after an upgrade, but the restore was giving me problems so I had to wipe out the .evolution folders and start over.

How can I get hold of my old address book from the original .evolution folder? The files are in the .db format, and I can't import them from within evolution.

I tried deleting the current address book folder (/.local/share/evolution/addressbook) and replacing it with the original folder, but the address book does not get loaded by Evolution.


You need to kill evolution server before copying the old files.

You can open Gnome System Monitor and kill e-addressbook-factory.

After that, delete current address book and copy the new files. There are two evolution folders: .local/share/evolution and .local/config/evolution, I'm not sure if you need to move both (that's what I did).

  • thanks, it was enough to replace the addressbook folder in .local/share/evolution – geoffrey Mar 5 '12 at 7:44

If that does not work, you can find an alternative solution in this posting -- which even allows you to import single addresses from an old .db file (not the new SQLite format).

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